Awareness program on the Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) crop disease | Sunday Observer

Awareness program on the Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) crop disease

Officers of the Ampara District Agriculture Department took measures to control the spread of the invasive crop- the Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) Arakotty disease in the Ampara district.

The harvesting of paddy for the Yala 2020 season has begun in the Ampara district. In certain areas, paddy crops were affected by the Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) –Arakotty disease and their yield was reduced to a certain extent. Farmers in the Kalmunai area were made aware regarding the pest and were warned to be vigilant about the Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) disease affecting their crops by the Agricultural Extension Centre, Kalmunai.

Under this program, an awareness program was organised recently in Kalmunai by the Kalmunai Agricultural Extension Centre Agricultural Instructor, S.Kiruthika.

The group of farmers and officials visited the paddy fields in Mawadipalli on an educational tour. Handills were also issued to mark the occasion.

On this day, a harvesting ceremony of vegetables cultivated in the surrounding paddy fields was held in the Kalmunai DS division recently. Cultivators in the area are reaping bumper harvests.

Under the Soubhagya Home Garden Project, packets of various seeds have have already been distributed to farmers in the Kalmunai Divisional Secretariat division by the Agriculture Department.

Agricultural Extension Centre Technical Assistant Kuhalenthini and farmers participated in the program. In Addalaichenai too the paddy crop in certain areas were affected by the Brown Plant Hopper (BPH) –Arakotty disease and their yield was reduced to a certain extent. The farmers were made aware of the BPH disease and were warned to be vigilant by the Addalaichenai Agricultural Extension Centre.

An awareness program in this regard was organised by the Addalaichenai Agricultural Extension Centre Agricultural Instructor and Officer In-Charge A.H.A.Mubarak, recently.

Farmers and officials visited the paddy fields in Meelath Nagar on a fact-finding tour. Farmers in Addalaichenai were also advised to be vigilant in using chemicals and requested to seek advice from officials.

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